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SLT/WS Scouting Trip Report

Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:27 pm

So, there's a mall near our home that has both a Sur-L-T and a Will & Sonoma. Thought I would do a little comparative scouting for Mark today. Hey - somebody's gotta do it :-).

I wanted to check out the new Miy.. Evolution series. The handle looked decidedly smallish from the photos - either that, or it's a tall blade. I can report that it's a combination of both. I'm 5' 7" with medium hands and the handle is a bit too small for my taste. The blade is also very tall for the 8" that I played with - it's easily 52 to maybe 55mm. The blade is also very euro shaped with lots of belly. Fit and finished was good on the handle, but the blade had a lot of tooling texture to it, not a very smooth finish. Overall, it's kind of an odd knife. Even on "sale" for $99, Mark & CKTG have better choices IMO. I'd easily take the Tojiro DP, Fujiwara FKM, Shun Sora, or Artifex AEB-L/52100 over it for performance and profile/ergonomics.

Then I visited W&S and saw the large selection of very overpriced and STRANGELY designed Shun lines and other lines as well. Some of the designs/profiles/geometries/handles were just very odd. And boy were they expensive...$300 plus was the norm for many of the 8", 10" chefs, santoku's etc.

MY CONCLUSION:

It's no contest: Chef Knives to Go has the best, widest selection of highly functional, high performance, high value knives available anywhere! Mark has many Gyuto's for under $200 that will kick the snot out of just about anything I saw at these two stores. When you start looking at CKTG products in the $200-350 range the value proposition gets even better.

It's hard to believe people are plunking down that kind of money for the products I saw today. Somebody must be buying them :-).

Way to go Mark & Sue!!

Re: SLT/WS Scouting Trip Report

Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:02 pm

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Re: SLT/WS Scouting Trip Report

Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:19 pm

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